Eloto: I met him under a tree. As I wandered a new area, I was curious why some men were in the shade of a large tree and several yonger men were huddled in the sparse shade of a bush. The young men told me they cannot sit with the elders. While discussing culture norms here in this place we would build the Girl's Rescue Center, I noticed a young man intently staring at my mouth and tipping his ear and concentrating with a palpable depth. Eloto, 19 years old, an orphan, had never been to school. When asked if he was interested in school, there was a resounding YES. When asked if he would go to school with young children, another resounding YES. Well that is just what happened for Eloto. He interviewed at the local primary school, traveled to town to be fitted for a custom made uniform, and was in class by Tuesday! He took some of the expected ribbing being called an "elephant in the classroom" yet he persevered and is moving along very fast! It has cost him more than either of us had expected though. His uncle, with whom he lived, was angry. He will no longer care for Eloto because he cannot herd the goats; He is unable to load sand on the trucks to earn his food. He eats only the lunch served in the primary school. He sleeps outside wrapped in a blanket.
We had located a sponsor for his basic needs in primary school, uniform, pencils, shoes, notebooks etc., but had not considered the need of his accommodation. We are currently reevaluating how we can raise the funds to send him to a boarding school or support him in a hut on a well wisher's land near the current school.
Thanks to you, global giving donors, Eloto and others with a thirst for education that surpasses the desire for money and even food, students like Eloto attend school.
Faith: Three months ago an email came in. There was an orphan girl placed in a juvenile detention facility for her own protection. Many female orphans are taken in by family members but it is not for humanitarian reasons. The facility knew that juvenile detention is really not a good place for a young girl whose only crime was being an orphan. At the time of contact we did not have the funding for Faith's education.
We hoped that there would be someone of better character to take Faith into their home or donors would assist to move her to a school
Thanks to several small donors, the two pieces came together. A Kenyan woman working in child affairs was willing to take Faith into her home and pay her support if. she could receive help with her school fees.
Expanding Opportunities' was able to purchase her uniform, school supplies and pay her school fees. Now Faith is in school. She completed her first end Term Exams for 2012 and did well for someone who has been out of school. Now she has a bench mark and can work upward from there.
Thank you donors.
Kenya has three terms per year. May marks the beginning of Term 2. Uniforms washed and mended, shoes repaired and polished, books covered, pencils, pens, mathematical sets, exercise books purchased and ready to go. School fees paid.... A simple check list for some, a disastrous end of education for others. Expanding Opportunities assists as many as financially possible complete this checklist so they can attend school.
We have purchased desks, bought entire uniforms, just sweaters, repaired shoes. We have paid lunch fees, tuition fees, development fees. We have repaired seams, resoled shoes, taped books. The line on the done side is long and rewarding. the line on the to be done side is even longer. At this moment a young girl rests in the juvenile remand, not for anything she has done but for what has been done to her. She needs to be in school but so far there is not enough funding to pay for her boarding school fees. She is next in line.
Eliakim is an orphan. He completed his KCPE last year. He had little hope of attending Secondary School. He was living with a cousin but it was not a satisfactory place to stay as his cousin only worked part time and had little money to support both of them.
Eliakim's situation was brought to the attention of Expanding Opportunities. Through your generous donations, Eliakim is now in a boarding Secondary School! He will stay with his cousin during the holidays. When we visited Eliakim in school, he had the broadest smile ever!
Thank you for providing an education for Eliakim.
The beginning of January is exciting and hectic! Schools open for the new year. The students need uniforms, books, school supplies and education fees. Shopping for uniforms and supplies means long lines and long days but the rewards are great!
We thank you for helping get 10 children completely outfitted and sent to school. There are several more on the waiting list for uniforms or school fees. Just yesterday I was approached by an anxious father. His son had had all his school items stolen, including his uniform and shoes.
The father is desperately trying to find help before his child loses too many days of school. I do believe we have one fantastic pair of shoes to bring the dad today.
We hope to raise enough to get several more into school before the term has progressed much further.
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